New Pet? Why You Need to Make Your Home Pet-Friendly and How To Do It
Moving into a new home often means more space for you, the kids and maybe…a new pet? Bringing home a new puppy, cat or rescue pet is exciting for everyone, but your new furry friend will some time need to adjust to their new space as well.
Here are our top tips to make your pet feel at home!
Buy pet supplies first
Trust us – in the excitement of bringing home a puppy, the last thing you want to do is forget treats or a lead! Think ahead and make sure you’re fully stocked on pet supplies before you bring home the newest family member.
For a new dog, your shopping list should include:
- Dog food
If you’re a cat person, buy these items ahead of time:
- Cat food
- Scratching post
- Litter box and kitty litter
Puppy-proof your home
Fido might not feel like man’s best friend when your slippers end up in bits! Designate a special area for your pet – this will help make them acclimate to your home quicker and gives you a spot to pet-proof away from the rest of the house.
Safety first, so remove breakable items, chemicals and plants from your pet’s pad. Tape loose wires and cords. Finally, install gates and a crate, and make it a welcoming space for your dog or cat. Set up their bed and toys, litter box and food and water dishes, so they’ll have a comfortable place to relax and get used to their new living situation.
Introduce your new pet slowly
Meeting new people or exploring new areas of the house might be overwhelming for your pet at first – especially if they’re a rescue. Just like when you moved in, they’ll need a bit of time to get used to their new surroundings. It’s important to take your time and introduce them to family members, friends and strange rooms slowly.
Opt for a quiet night in when your four-legged friend first comes home. If you have young kids who are energetic, it might be a good idea to let puppy or kitty explore their own space before slowly introducing the little ones to their new friend.
Always make sure your pet has access to clean water and food (plus outdoor space or the litter box!) and slowly they’ll become so comfortable in your home, you won’t remember life without them!
Life with a new pet is exciting, and with a bit of care and pet-proofing, your new dog or cat (or lizard, bird, goldfish…!) will truly make your house a home.